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21st April

I do not know where the double figure nights are which they keep forecasting, it was down to 6.5°C last night. The warm days continue to encourage some moths out. This time there were 36 moths of 11 species. This included the first Pale, Pebble and Swallow Prominents (2) plus a Dotted Chestnut. The best moth was our 4th ever Seraphim.

Seraphim. 21/4/18. I Hunter

Seraphim. 21/4/18. I Hunter

20th April

Although the daytime temperature is hot its still drops significantly at night and does not stay above 10 as forecast. Moth numbers continue to slowly increase. The car park trap had 55 moths of nine species including the first Muslin of the year. There was also another Great Silver Diving beetle.

Head of Great Silver Diving Beetle. 20/4/18. I Hunter

Head of Great Silver Diving Beetle. 20/4/18. I Hunter

A trap in the Elms went for quality not quantity and had 17 moths of 12 species. This included an early Oblique Striped, the first Brindled Pug of the year plus Streamer, Shoulder-stripe and Engrailed.

19th April

The temperature still drops below 10°C at night and moth activity remains low. There were 52 moths of ten species. Muslin was new for the year.  There was another Great Silver Diving Beetle.

Great Silver Diving Beetle with pen lid for size comparison. 19/4/2018. I Hunter

Great Silver Diving Beetle with pen lid for size comparison. 19/4/2018. I Hunter

18th April

A clear night kept moth activity down and there were only 30 moths of six species. None of these were migrants.

The Brindled Beauty from the other night.

Brindled Beauty. 18/4/18. I Hunter

17th April

A clear sky helped the temperature drop to 4.8°C. This kept moth activity down and 38 moths of six species were caught. A Lead-coloured Drab kept up the run of this species and there were two more Powdered Quakers. No sign of any migrants although the presence of a Painted Lady in a sunny Whitehouse raises hopes for some moths as well in the next few days.

16th April

Following our first Pine Beauty for the year night before last, last night’s session produced Herald and the rather irregular Brindled Beauty. We’re slowly getting somewhere near spring!

14th April

A small return to form with 30+ moths in the carpark trap including two new species for the year, Dark Sword-grass and Powdered Quaker. Three Lead-coloured Drabs was most unusual, as alluded to yesterday, whilst a Shoulder Stripe put in an appearance.

13th April

It’s been a quite few days as fog and cold temperatures drastically reduced the number of moths in the traps (just 13 moths in total from three traps yesterday!). However, three Lead-coloured Drabs during this period was some compensation. Either this species was overlooked in the past (first record in 2015) or is colonising the area as the Aspen matures. Singles of Diamondback on the 11th and 12th were against the run of play but perhaps local breeders.

9th April

Misty conditions overnight but still a decent catch of 70 moths in the main trap. Dotted Chestnut and Twenty Plume moth were both present again, with the first Agonopterix alstromerianas and purpureas of the season. There was a noticeable increase in Small Quakers too. An Engrailed caught in an actinic in the Elms was the first of the year.

8th April

Although there was some heavy rain overnight the cloud kept the temperature up at 8.9°C and there was the best catch so far this year.It was the first night above 100 moths in one trap with 104. Common Quaker led the way with 34 closely followed by Hebrew Character with 31. An Early Thorn and a Twenty-plume were both firsts for the year. Two Dotted Chestnuts and a Satellite added variety.

In keeping with the aquatic theme instigated by the Beaver on the beach there were two Great Silver Diving Beetles in the trap.

7th April

The wind dropped and the temperature did not drop below 7.1°C resulting in a reasonable catch.

The Actinic in the Elms  had five Diurnea fagellas, a Dotted Chestnut and a Shoulder-stripe as its highlights. The car park trap had 78 moths including the first Twin-spotted Quakers (2) and

Caloptilia stigmellas (2) for the year.

Twin-spotted Quaker. 7/4/2018. I Hunter

Twin-spotted Quaker. 7/4/2018. I Hunter

 

6th April

A slightly bigger catch but the only change was March Moth instead of Small Quaker.

5th April

The catch dropped to 13 of the usual suspects plus a Small Quaker.

4th April

Although we have avoided the snow and cold it has been windy with rain at night. Last night the wind dropped enough for a few moths to show. These were eleven Hebrew Characters, six Common Quakers,four Clouded Drabs and a Red Chestnut.